Geo-energy applications such as carbon capture and storage, the development of unconventional hydrocarbons, nuclear waste management, mining, energy storage and geothermal operations all have an impact on the subsurface. Consequently, advanced understanding of sub-surface containment within natural and engineered systems is vital for the sustainable management of the subsurface and its resources. There are significant research and technology developments required for sub-surface containment assurance, and my research has an important role to play in managing and mitigating the risks of subsurface geo-energy related operations.
My research aims to advance and transform the understanding of subsurface characterisation, containment and multiphase reactive transport flow, through cutting edge experiments benchmarked against numerical models to create real world solutions to energy supply and water resource management in a responsible and sustainable way. My original evidence-based research adopts a cross disciplinary approach which has included international collaborations with applications in a number of diverse fields that has given me a wide-ranging and expanding research portfolio in the areas of: carbon capture and storage; subsurface energy storage; unconventional hydrocarbon reservoirs; water management; environmental monitoring & mitigation and subsurface risk assessment.
Prior to joining Edinburgh University I was a Research Associate at Heriot-Watt University from where I also obtained a Master’s Degree in Reservoir Evaluation and Management in 1994 and a PhD Degree in July 2001. During my tenure at Heriot-Watt I was involved in a number of research projects which included: the development of relevant and cost effective petrophysical methodologies for improved reservoir characterisation; a basin modelling project of the Sanquhar Basin for British Coal; an experimental and modelling study into the stress sensitivity of fractured reservoirs; an experimental study of the formation damage associated with thermally induced fractures created during produced water re-injection and permeability prediction using stress sensitive petrophysical properties. I also worked as a Research Associate within the rock mechanics group.
My PhD research led to the development of a new methodology for predicting the geomechanical properties of hydrocarbon reservoir rocks from wireline logs